Analysis of Noise Sensitivity of Different ECG Detection Algorithms

A. B. M. Aowlad Hossain, M. A. Haque


This paper presents an analysis of noise sensitivities of different detection algorithms for electrocardiogram (ECG) taken from MIT-BIH arrhythmia database. Seven methods used in this paper are based on derivatives, digital filters (DF), neural network (NN) and wavelet transform (WT). The raw ECG is corrupted with 5 different types of synthesized noise, namely, power line interference, base line drift due to respiration, abrupt baseline shift, electromyogram (EMG) interference and a composite noise made from other types. A total of 315 data sets are constructed from 15 raw data sets for each type of noise adding 0%, 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% noise levels. The application of the methods to detect QRS complexes of a total of 33,774 beats of ECG shows that none of the algorithms are able to detect all QRS complexes without any false positives for all of the noise types at the highest noise level. Algorithms based on NN and WT show better performance considering all noise types and the two algorithms perform similarly. The result of this study will help to develop a more robust ECG detector and this will make ECG interpretation system more effective.



Electrocardiogram; QRS complex detection; Noise sensitivity

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International Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering (IJECE)
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